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Coronavirus; Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Gags County Askaris

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City County Askaris on board a County vehicle. Photo/Courtesy

Governor Mike Sonko on Tuesday gagged Nairobi County Askaris following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country. 

In a press statement, Governor Sonko suspended arrests that are being made by the County Inspectorate and Enforcement Departments. 

The Governor who is serving his first term- said that the orders were in line with the directives and guidelines issued by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday. 

“I have suspended with immediate effect all the arrests by the Nairobi City County Government Inspectorate and Enforcement officers until further notice,” Governor Sonko said. 

Press Statement released by Governor Sonko. Photo/Courtesy

According to the city county boss, the move was informed by the fact that the operations of all courts of law have been suspended, hence suspects cannot be arraigned in court within 24 hours- as stipulated in the Kenyan constitution. 

He further stated that whenever people are arrested by the county askaris they stay inside the county vehicles for long before they are arraigned which he said violates the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. 

“However, these Departments shall remain vigilant to ensure that all the county laws are adhered to,” he said. 

He further asked members of the public and visitors in Nairobi to be cooperative and follow the guidelines issued in order to keep the city safe from the spread of the virus. 

The Kenyan Government has so far confirmed three cases of coronavirus in the country. 

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